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Judy Greer on “Arrested Development”: People are talking about bringing Kitty Sanchez back

Judy Greer on Arrested Development

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The new season of “Arrested Development” is happening. There’s visual proof it’s being written, which at least to us makes the announcement it’s happening seem all the more official. And with the entire fourth season to be released at once on Netflix, that’s all the more reason to be excited for 2013.

When we heard that Judy Greer was going to be at the DVD release party for “Jeff, Who Lives At Home,” we knew we wouldn’t let her get out of the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica without asking at least one question about “Arrested Development” and the potential return of Kitty Sanchez. When we last spoke to her, Greer said that no one had talked to her about coming back to the show yet. Unfortunately that hasn’t changed in the two and a half months since, but Greer did say that “people are talking to people” about her reprising her role.

“Not this people, but some people,” she joked. “People have talked to other people about me, and that’s real. No one has talked to me, but like, yeah, people are like, ‘Oh don’t worry.’ Someone was like, ‘Oh, I talked to so and so and they were like, don’t worry, she’s going to be in it,’ but I always say that unless I’m in the movie theater at the premiere watching my face on a fuck-off screen…”

But would Greer want to come back if creator Mitch Hurwitz would have her? That, to her, was a no brainer.

“Oh, yeah,” she said, adding that it would be no different than when she would film on “Arrested Development” before. “They’d be like, ‘Can you come in to work tonight?’ I’d be like, ‘Yes, where are you shooting?’ ‘In Piru, can you be here in an hour?’ ‘Yeah, I’m at dinner. Like, I’m drinking.’ ‘It’s fine, it’s fine, we just realized we have to have you in this scene.’ They were just kind of awesome.”

When we heard that Scott Baio was going to be reprising his role as Bob Loblaw in the fourth season of “Arrested Development,” we immediately rushed to pull together a list of 10 other characters we’d love to see head back to the small (computer) screen in the upcoming episodes. Kitty was of course at the top of the list, but we wanted to find out who Greer, as a fan, felt should return.

“Annyong. I mean, is he even secondary?” she was quick to answer. “You know how that Michael’s girlfriend [Marta Estrella] who was a Latina actress, but then it was one actress and then another actress replaced her? I feel they should have both actresses back. I feel that needs to happen.”

This awesome idea just confirms our belief that Greer should take over writing for the show. After all, when we last talked to her she admitted that she wanted Kitty to come back with all the Bluth secrets that she had been hoarding over the years and “take down the Bluths.” This time, she had an even more hilarious scheme set up for the former Bluth Company secretary.

“I also think I should be pregnant with one of their babies. Mystery baby,” she said. “I feel like Kitty should have all the secrets that takes them down, but we’ll see what they decide.”

Do you think Kitty Sanchez should return in the next season of “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Universal Picutres

Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

Visual proof that new “Arrested Development” is being written

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It’s official. It’s happening. New “Arrested Development” is being written.

Of course, we’ve had proof of this over and over and over again. But forgive us for our skepticism. This project has been kind of sort of in development ever since “Arrested Development” went off the air in 2006, and leading man Jason Bateman has been promising us a movie ever since he started doing press for “Juno” the year after. Needless to say, it didn’t happen quite like he planned.

But now Netflix has officially picked up the show and creator Mitch Hurwitz has said he’s busy writing a new season that will premiere all at once at some point next year. And thanks to the folks over at Vulture, we have some definitive proof that Hurwitz is actually working on the series.

The above photo was taken at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, above a sound stage on a studio lot in Culver City where the “Arrested Development” team has set up camp working on the show. When Vulture reached out to Hurwitz for comment, he confirmed that the image shows him working on new episodes.

“I was working in the room with the writing staff. We were discussing the Maeby episode,” he wrote.

It sounds like maybe Hurwitz hasn’t ditched the idea to have each episode center on an individual character to catch us up on their last few years. Does this mean the plan to have the new season lead up to a feature film is still underway? We’ll have to wait and see.

Now please excuse us, we have some chicken dancing to do.

Are you as thrilled about this visual proof that “Arrested Development” is happening as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

The 10 “Arrested Development” secondary characters we want back for the fourth season

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Sure, we still don’t have a new season of “Arrested Development.” No, Mitch Hurwitz and the cast still haven’t started filming the show. And, yes, the chance of an “Arrested Development” movie hitting theaters any time soon seems to be diminishing rapidly, especially since Hurwitz never mentioned it during a recent Netflix event in Las Vegas. All of that stuff sucks for the time being, but at least we do have Bob Loblow.

At the event, Hurwitz confirmed that Bob Loblaw would have a role in fourth season of “Arrested Development.” We were overjoyed, and that got us thinking of the other characters we’d love to see return. Nearly every secondary or one-shot character in the show left some sort of impression, so we picked out our 10 favorites and listed them off below. In our opinion, a fourth season wouldn’t be complete without them.

Kitty Sanchez
If there’s anyone who’s going to bring down the Bluth family, it’s going to be Kitty Sanchez. When IFC caught up with Judy Greer recently, she said she wanted Kitty to come back with all the Bluth’s secrets and “take the whole family down.” While we don’t know if that awesome storyline is now officially jinxed, it would almost be criminal to have a fourth season of “Arrested Development” where we don’t say goodbye to these.

Steve Holt
You know you’re a character worth keeping when fans start a petition to get you involved with a new season of a show. Steve Holt is one of our favorite ongoing jokes in “Arrested Development.” And now that we know Maeby and Steve are not first cousins because her mother Lindsay was adopted, Gob Bluth’s bastard can again be the romantic competition for George Michael.

Annyong
Ah, Annyong, you got the greatest revenge of all on the Bluths when you orchestrated the second U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission raid on the family in the series finale. It only makes sense that Lucille’s adopted Korean son — real name Hel-loh — come back in some capacity in the fourth season. After all, he’ll obviously want to brag about how he brought the not-so-powerful Bluth family to justice. He at least should be happy to not be living in the model home’s walls anymore.

Rita Leeds
No, we didn’t just include Rita on this list because we’re desperate for Charlize Theron to return to the show. Not only was the British plotline in “Arrested Development’s” third season one of its funniest (and most tragic, to be fair), it’s also the closest Michael has ever come to happiness. He ended up canceling his engagement to the mentally challenged millionaire daughter of two first cousins (sorry George Michael and Maeby) once he found out about her retardation, but that should be no reason to prevent her from returning to the show — or at least being referenced — this time around.

Ann Veal
Will Michael remember Ann’s name if he saw her again in “Arrested Development’s” fourth season? Probably not. But that will make it even funnier if she comes back to the show. Maybe she and George Michael have gotten serious again, or maybe she’s still frisking around with Gob. Since Ann will likely be in her 20s now, it would be even more hilarious if she and Michael had started up a serious relationship (after all, he doesn’t like older women) but it is a mandatory requirement that she is involved with someone in the Bluth family.

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